Last night’s WWE Royal Rumble sparked outrage among wrestling making #Cancelwwenetwork a number one worldwide trend on social media. No matter how you felt about the event, it will no doubt go down as one of the most hated pay per view events of the company’s history. Today I’ll be taking a look at the entire event from start to finish and giving my take on each match (spoiler alert: I hated it).
The Ascension Vs The New Age Outlaws
I know this term is often overused but there’s really no other way to express it, these guys have been “buried” for weeks on WWE programming with the worst example being Monday’s Raw Reunion show. If you didn’t watch, here’s what happened: The Ascension showed up and promptly received an arse beating at the hands of a group of past-their-prime wrestlers of yesteryear (Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, X-Pac, JBL, Farooq, Road Dogg and Mr. Ass). It made the team look like incompetent idiots not fearsome heels but when it was announced that the team would face the New Age Outlaws at the Rumble it appeared that the guys might have a chance at redeeming their selves. This match had an obvious outcome but it was really set up to showcase The Ascension’s in-ring ability and they really dropped the ball with that goal. It wasn’t really a bad match just nothing special, the only halfway impressive moment came from the team’s double finisher and the rest was your standard tag team fare. I think the opportunity to get these guys over with the fans (on the main programming anyway) has already long passed and I can see these guys getting repackaged or sent back to development soon.
The Usos Vs The Miz and Mizdow for the Tag Team Championship
This was a great match with a lot of high spots and never really a dull moment which reminded me of how impressive the tag team division is today. These days most fans don’t consider a wrestler to be “pushed” unless he’s in the Heavyweight Championship race but they forget how important the tag team division is and how well it can work with the mid card talent to fill the gaps in programming. I really hope the WWE continues to develop the tag team division with some compelling storylines and make some great mid card television. The only negative thing I will say about the match is that I think the whole “stunt double” gimmick with Mizdow has run its’ course and they need to move on to the next phase of this angle sooner rather than later. Mizdow is over with the fans more now than ever and they need to capitalize on that momentum before it begins to wane instead of milking it to death.
The Bella Twins Vs Paige and Natalya
Not really a bad match but nothing special at the same time, this one could have been saved for Raw or Smackdown and not on one of the major pay per views. I will say that I am finally impressed with the Divas division right now and I feel like they really have the best talent they’ve had in years. I can’t believe I’m about to say this but I initially thought that the Total Divas show on the E! Network was great (and I still do) but the way they’ve changed that show and blended it with the on air WWE programming is asinine. During this match the announce team talked about the plot of Total Divas the entire time (which is supposed to be a behind the scenes show filmed months in advance) as if it had everything to do with the fictional on air characters. I see this as a problem because both shows serve a different purpose and blending the reality of Total Divas with the fantasy of WWE (and vice versa) defeats the purpose of both shows. I can only see this becoming more and more of a problem as Total Divas gets more popular.
Brock Lesnar Vs John Cena Vs Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
If ever there was a match on the card I was not looking forward to it’s this one and boy was I in for a surprise. The match started a little slow for my taste (most triple threat matches do) but it built up nicely over time until it climaxed with an exciting ending as Lesnar reclaimed the championship. All three men performed exceptionally and the match ended up being the highlight of the night but there was one thing I was wondering after the finish: where was Sting? Sting made his “triumphant” debut with the company saving Team Cena from The Authority at Survivor Series then we hear nothing from him for months. Surprisingly he shows up last Monday to rescue Cena from The Authority again but makes absolutely no appearance last night. I already hated how WWE announced Sting’s historic signing with the company months before his debut (in lieu of a surprise appearance) and last night would have been an AMAZING opportunity to have him show up out of nowhere. Instead, we got nothin’.